Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Cognitive Theory and Medieval Performance

Cognitive Theory and Medieval Performance

International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan

May 7-10, 2009

Many theatre scholars are employing cognitive theory to explore drama and performance. This research has supported long-held claims about theatre, as well as complicated and challenged our assumptions about theatrical events and their cultural work. The large number of recently published essay collections, articles, and special journal issues devoted to this interdisciplinary approach reflects its relevance and significance.

This panel seeks papers that use evidence and theory from cognitive science to analyze medieval drama and performance. Although papers that analyze dramatic texts are welcome, this session specifically invites work that employs cognitive theory to explore aspects of performance events. The session organizer hopes to include work from a range of medieval periods and geographic regions.

Please submit your one-page abstract and participant information form to Jill Stevenson at jstevenson@mmm.edu no later than September 15, 2008. The participant cover sheet and general information about the Congress are available at: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions.html#PIF

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